I discovered the Experiential Learning Cycle, also called ELC, five years ago during a communications trainer workshop. The approach is well known in the education world to help learners and trainers drive objectives results from their experiences. It’s one of the most secure way for autonomous learning where you train others how to learn.
When you are interested in bringing something new in your environment or you dream of solving personal or organizational problems, the ELC could the best method to organize your ideas. When it comes to solutions writing, the ECL is also a tool you can make a good use of. It’s simple and with practice, you master it very easily.
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I noticed that I write easily these last days when I start with a concrete experience I went through. I realised that words flow easily and I find myself writing more than the planned time. This is simply because I am applying the ELC in my writing process. This how it works:
The concrete experience is the activity phase of the actions done. You did something or participated actively or passively to an event. You took a decision to start a new business, a blog, a personal relationship or anything that requires actions. It’s the beginning of your learning journey. From the action to produce a result, you can develop an incredible amount of knowledge and resources for you and others.
Observation. Here you share what happened. you actually write in detail what you saw , heard, smelt, tasted or touched and how you felt about it ; You put emotions and sentiment in everything that took place. You could go further and number the people that were present and describe each one of them with the maximum of precision you can.
Interpretation. At this stage, you realize that your experience produced some results. The most important here is to understand the impact of those results on your goals or purpose. Results are meaningless unless you give interpretation to them. This step lead you to draw conclusions that form a new paradigm: It’s called generalization. You become a solution provider expert.
Analysis. Now you need to plan how to make maximum use of the new lessons you just created to carry your next action. This action will lead you to better results and will show that you are improving in your skills, knowledge and attitudes.
I started my blog seed4future.com on January 2016. This means I had to produce readable contents for an audience. I also had to choose my audience.
I felt very excited to start my own social business. And my joy increases when I saw my audience growing. But I felt frustrated that people were not making comment on my blog and I started worrying what was wrong with my contents.
I understood that for people to make comment , I have to add a ” call to action” at the end of my articles.
The coming articles all had “call to actions”. I had some few comment and decided to do it more and more. I realized that I generate more leads when I include ” call to action” on socio media. LinkedIn for example generates more comments than I could imagine.
Do you see how simple but methodic the ELC could make you write? I summarized each step to facilitate your integration of the ELC. I just generated 144 words content by following the ELC procedure; If I add more informations, I could easily write a 700 words article. This is excellent for new writers who lack words to express their ideas or, for writers in search for a guideline to canalize their inspiration.
Now It’s you turn to create your own content by applying the ELC. Just fill the table below with simple statement corresponding to the ELC approach.
I would like to hear from you to know which writing procedure you use for your blogposts.